Bella Smiles in Nesconset, NY is home to a team of dental professionals that offer a variety of treatments for gum disease. Our team is passionate about keeping your smile healthy and functional. Gum disease is a progressive disease that can affect your oral health and can eventually lead to devastating overall health problems.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease forms when plaque is not regularly removed from teeth. Plaque is removed with daily brushing and flossing as well as with professional teeth cleanings. If it is not removed, it can harden into a substance called tartar. Both plaque and tartar are filled with bacteria which will harm the gums. Pockets of bacteria can form in the gums leading to infections and the gums will begin to separate from the teeth. If gum disease is not treated as soon as possible, it can lead to recessed gums, bone loss and tooth loss.
The Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Drs. Lotardo, Pop or Caesar will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease during every routine dentist appointment. Some people may not even realize they have the beginning stages of the disease especially if they have not visited the dentist in a while. There are a few signs of gum disease that should not be ignored. You should schedule an appointment at our Nesconset, NY dentist office is you notice any of the following symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Red gums that are swollen or sore
- Receding gums
- Sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes to the fit of your dentures
- Loose permanent teeth
Gum Disease Treatment
Drs. Lotardo, Pop and Caesar offer many services to treat your gum disease at any stage.
If you are diagnosed with mild gum disease or gingivitis, your dentist may recommend an antibacterial rinse that you will use at home. After a thorough dental cleaning, an antibacterial rinse can help maintain gum health in between your regular dentist appointments. This should help keep the bacteria under control and prevent the progression of the gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
An intensive cleaning often used during the beginning stages of gum disease is called scaling and root planing. This periodontal cleaning removes plaque and tartar from the deep pockets that have formed along the gum line. Drs. Lotardo, Pop or Caesar will use special tools to scrape away the buildup. This procedure is necessary to get rid of the bacteria before it causes serious damage such as tooth loss or severe gum recession.
People who suffer from advanced gum disease typically have damaged and diseased gum tissue. This tissue will need to be removed in order to halt the progression of the disease. Laser dentistry allows your dentist to remove the diseased tissue without the need for surgery, sutures or downtime. Using dental lasers to accomplish this is more effective and less painful for the patient. It will stimulate the healing process to restore healthy gums.
If you suffer from gum disease or have not visited a dentist in a while, schedule an appointment at Bella Smiles in Nesconset, NY. We can help you get your oral health back on track!